By (author) Kate Aughterson
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Aphra Behn by Kate Aughterson
Book DescriptionKate Aughterson provides readers with an approachable and fascinating critical guide to the dramatic works of an important seventeenth-century woman writer. Aughterson analyses Aphra Behn's abilities as a playwright, showing particularly how she skillfully employs comic and dramatic conventions to radical ends, and how she forces her audience to engage with issues about gender and sexuality whilst retaining her witty and accessible style. Chapters in the first part of the book provide close readings of the comedies, addressing such topics as openings, endings, character types, staging, and politics and society. In the second part, Aughterson not only examines Behn's literary career and the Restoration contexts of her plays, but also looks at some sample criticism and explores Behn's drama as performance.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333963197
(222mm x 141mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 16-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kate Aughterson
Shakespeare: The Late Plays, Hardback (November 2013)
This essential study takes a fresh look at The Winter's Tale, The Tempest, Cymbeline and Pericles. Part I uses carefully selected short extracts for close textual analysis, while Part II examines the contexts and key criticism. The volume is an ideal introductory guide for those who are studying Shakespeare's late plays for the first time.
Aphra Behn, Paperback (May 2003)
Provides students with an approachable analysis of Behn's dramaturgical abilities, showing how she uses comic and dramatic conventions to radical ends. Aughterson shows how Behn forces her audience to engage with issues of gender and sexuality, whilst continuing to write witty and accessible plays.
English Renaissance, Paperback (August 2001)
This comprehensive anthology collects together primary texts and documents relevant to the literature, culture, and intellectual life in England between 1550 and 1660.
Webster: the Tragedies, Hardback (February 2001)» View all books by Kate Aughterson
This study demonstrates how Webster's dramas are not subordinate to, but rather, comparable with those of Shakespeare. This is done through analysing Webster's dramatic and poetic skills, focusing on his heroines and the tightly male dominated world in which they are seen to struggle.
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Author Biography - Kate Aughterson
KATE AUGHTERSON is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Central England. She is the author of Webster: The Tragedies, also in the Analysing Texts series.
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